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The letter M!agic 2013 has stolen most of the show recently when it comes to new and innovative decklists, which has naturally meant a focus on Standard. Still, at Daily Decks, we like to mix it up from time to time. Commander, Legacy, Modern, and Block all produce some pretty awesome decklists, which is why we turn our focus to the big-deck format today: Commander. Specifically, Hanyou submitted the following hundred-card list over at TCGPlayer.com, and it has quite the case of Curiosity killing the cat, along with everything else.

You see, about seven years ago, one of the greatest Magic sets ever, Ravnica, hit shelves. In fact, we will be returning to that very place in a month or two. In this land of multicolor cards, many favorites were born. One Dragon stood head and shoulders above the rest, though, and he is today's Commander: Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind. Niv-Mizzet has obvious player appeal, being a blue dragon and all, but he also happened to have one of the cooler text boxes anyone had ever seen. Immediately, a combo involving Curiosity plus Niv-Mizzet was realized and casual fans (along with some rogue competitive ones) got to work.

Naturally, the combo works by Curiosity drawing a card upon damage being dealt, while Niv-Mizzet deals damage for each card drawn, creating a near-infinite loop limited only by the number of cards in your deck. Hanyou decided to play a little more fair, though, limiting the number of Curiosity clones to things like Tandem Lookout. Instead of using an instant-win combo, which is frowned upon in some circles, Hanyou played with a bunch of cards that everyone loves, like Howling Mine and Font of Mythos. It's pretty easy to make it to the late game and get all of your interactions working properly when everyone wants to keep you alive as you draw them additional cards!

Remember that in Commander, you have easier access to your general than any other card in your deck, allowing decks that are built around a single card to still exist. In this case, Niv-Mizzet turns most of the cards in your deck into powerhouses, so having access to him whenever you have the mana to cast him is quite nice. Now, where did I put those Spellbooks...

Hanyou's Drawn Out
Commander – Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Main Deck

100 cards

Commander
Cascade Bluffs
Evolving Wilds
Faerie Conclave
Ghitu Encampment
Halimar Depths
14  Island
Izzet Boilerworks
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mountain
Reflecting Pool
Reliquary Tower
Shivan Reef
Sulfur Falls
Terramorphic Expanse
Vivid Crag
Vivid Creek

34 lands

Adamaro, First to Desire
Aeon Chronicler
Arcanis the Omnipotent
Clone
Consecrated Sphinx
Dominus of Fealty
Dragonmaster Outcast
Enclave Cryptologist
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Graceful Adept
Hapless Researcher
Jushi Apprentice
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Nin, the Pain Artist
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Psychosis Crawler
Sakashima's Student
Solemn Simulacrum
Soramaro, First to Dream
Sturmgeist
Tandem Lookout
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Whirlpool Warrior

23 creatures

Anvil of Bogardan
Archmage Ascension
Blasphemous Act
Blue Sun's Zenith
Brainstorm
Bulwark
Cerebral Vortex
Counterspell
Cryptic Command
Electrolyze
Empyrial Plate
Fabricate
Fire // Ice
Flusterstorm
Font of Mythos
Forbid
Gifts Ungiven
Howling Mine
Invoke the Firemind
Iron Maiden
Ivory Crane Netsuke
Ivory Tower
Izzet Signet
Lightning Bolt
Mizzium Transreliquat
Ponder
Red Sun's Zenith
Remand
Rewind
Runeflare Trap
See Beyond
Shattering Spree
Slagstorm
Sol Ring
Spellbook
Spiraling Embers
Staff of Nin
The Rack
Unsummon
Vapor Snag
Venser's Journal

41 other spells

Jace Beleren
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage

2 planeswalkers

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

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